Discover how the city became known as the Athens of the North with this exclusive tour of classical Edinburgh. We start at the imposing National Galleries and Royal Scottish Academy, with their collections of fine art. Then we travel to Calton Hill, to admire its classical architecture and monuments up close. The day concludes with an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour around the former Royal High School and the Burns Monument, not normally open to the public.
The Royal Scottish Academy Building, architect William Henry Playfairís great landmark at the junction of Princes Street and The Mound in Edinburgh, has undergone full restoration and refurbishment by the National Galleries of Scotland to secure its future as Scotlandís premier and Europe's international exhibition venue. Re-opened in August 2003, the RSA Building offers an international exhibition space housed in 11 galleries. Exhibitions change on a regular basis, details of which can be found on the website. Additionally, a scheme to link the RSA Building with the National Gallery of Scotland, Playfairís sister building next door, which opened in August 2004 provides a lecture theatre, education rooms, information technology and orientation area, as well as a restaurant, cafe, shop and cloakroom.
Open daily 10am-5pm Thursday-7pm